novels (424) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Full bodied malt underneath a tan disappearing head. Dark in color for a stong ale, but loaded with hop falvor and a fruity aroma mixed with malt.
oldrtybastrd (4888) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep dark amber color. Aromas of sweet fruit, and a touch of chocolate. Flavor is spicy, hoppy, with a touch of alcohol. Beer finishes dry and sweet
slowrunner77 (9226) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAY 11, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice malt and spicy hop balance. Sweet n spicy, caramel chocolate rye? Body still lacking for a beer of this style, but pleasant overall.
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 15, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
650ml bottle from the LCBO in Peterborough, Ontario. Clear mahogany in colour with a thin but lasting beige head, very nice lacing. The aroma is malty, some chocolate, pine and cherries. The flavour is sweet, malty, some bitter chocolate, alcohol and cherries. Warming mouthfeel, medium body, moderate carbonation. Finishes long, bitter and warming. A weird Barley Wine type beer. The bitterness becomes too much as it warms.
arkurzynski (2148) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 24, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amberish. Nose of malty caramel and some skunk hops. Flavor is sweet is caramel and toasted malt with some pine hops. Some candy and hops on the finish. Syrupy. Barley wine-like.
Lemke10 (948) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 29, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On-tap this pours an amber color with a frothy beige head. The aroma is decently hoppy. The taste is smooth and malty. Good flavor, well made.
EithCubes (5436) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 29, 2015
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Nose is very sweet and malty with heavy caramel, some oak/bourbon and vanilla character leeching in, although I don’t think this is barrel-aged, and maple syrup perhaps? Maybe I just associate strong ales with BA now? Pours a mix of ruby and orange, supports a medium, dense and rocky tan head. Medium body with alcohol showing but not burning, flat in the body as well as flavor departments, caramel and fruit with a little final tongue singe, berry with heavy spice, a little wood, a little spice, earth. Touch sugary but not cloying. It’s bright and alive despite the utter dullness of mouthfeel, and there are some interesting treacle and burnt notes in the bg, but not many hops here, at least not anymore. Inching into English barleywine territory, intended or not.
bu11zeye (12576) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 16, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22oz bottle) Pours a clear amber body with a small beige head. Aroma of brown sugar, caramel, bread, old books, chocolate, and nuts. Flavor of caramel, toffee, bread, brown sugar, and pine.
ElGaucho (2377) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JAN 21, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Rich and meaty aroma with a discernible hop presence. Dark red body with a thick, lasting tan head. Effervescent carbonation visible. Moderate to strong hops. A tad on the dry side of balanced. Overall an excellent brew. The best I can recall having from Lakefront.
islay (2038) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz. bottle, consumed on 12-20-14. Reddish brown / dark amber. Moderate to large amount of long-lasting, light taupe head. Produces good lacing. Looks good in both liquid and head. Fruity, malty, juicy aroma. Scents of plum, red grape, blueberry muffin, cheap perfume. Strong aroma but not my kind of aroma. Flavor is along the lines of the aroma, but it is drier and deeper. Licorice flavor. Quite malty and fruity with some hops dryness in the finish and aftertaste. Poorly balanced and unsophisticated in taste. Medium body. Smooth in the palate. Mostly forgettable palate effects aside from the smoothness. Unlikable and unenjoyable. Becomes more palatable upon multiple sips, causing me to boost the overall score by a single point.
DYCSoccer17 (3590) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 26, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Soooooo. I bought a 22 ounce bottle of this at Cost Plus World Market in Natomas. It says it is 8.0%, No date on the bottle, although it has a 25th anniversary bottle cap, and the brewery was founded in 1987, which means this is either a 2012 or 2013 vintage. Regardless, this beer has nothing but cardboardy and sherry oxidation present on the nose without much else. Light toffee and caramel sweetness, perhaps. Somewhat transparent dark amber body with a pretty strong yellowish head present. Starts with a little fruity sweetness, before this becomes sherry like and full of oxidation in the middle. Good amounts of cardboard. Finishes with some candi sugars and some good leather and cigar tobacco notes. A little mint, too. This actually doesn’t end up being totally horrible.